The Four Suits as Aspects of Social Class
|Element||Social Class||Social Function||
|Swords||Air||Military Class||Protection, Law and order||Sword|
|Coins||Earth||Merchant Class||Commerce and trade||Coins|
Wands – Nobility
The nobility, represented by the suit of Wands. Staves or Fasces were used as a symbol for rulership from the Roman times.
Cups – Clergy
The clergy, represented by the suite of Cups, symbolic of the cups and chalices used for church ceremonies.
Swords – Military
The medieval military class are repressed by the suit of Swords, as obviously the swords were a commonly used weapon at that time.
Pentacles (Coins) – Merchant Class
The merchant class, and the working class, are represented by the suit of Pentacles, which looks like a coin. In the Tarot de Marseille decks this are called Deniers.